Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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o you know where your tools are? How about the last time you ran maintenance on them? Tool man- ufacturers want to give you peace- of-mind with inventory management and asset tracking solutions that can be viewed on a mo- bile device or computer, often with real-time updates. e systems go beyond compatibility with each company's own tool offerings to pro- vide well-rounded jobsite solutions, and there will be more to come in this space. DEWALT Tool Connect from DeWalt is a three-part inventory management solution that can connect, track and customize tools across multiple jobsites. Tool Connect Products with integrated Bluetooth functionality can be tracked through the Tool Connect mobile app and Inventory Manager portal, even when a 20V MAX battery is not attached. It is a closed system—meaning no one else can pair with devices while an account is paired with a Tool Connect product—for additional se- curity. Real-time diagnostics and customized tool settings can be set and viewed. e Tool Connect Inventory Manager portal provides automated management of Tool Connect inventory with updates via the mobile app. DeWalt offers several solutions that connect with the app for asset tracking and invento- ry management. Tool Connect batteries can connect to the mobile app for service alerts, such as charge status updates and temperature. Additionally through the app, batteries can be disabled to deter theft; have a time limit set for use; and have a virtual fence created, making them only functional on a jobsite. e Tool Connect Tag attaches to equipment, materials, large tools and more—regardless of brand—to track items on jobsites. Besides its large button for fast, simple pairing, a LED indicator light identifies which tag is being viewed through the mobile app. Nonconnected products can also be placed into the Inventory Manager manually and be assigned to jobsites or people. e company also plans to introduce a Tool Connect Connector, which will connect any pre-existing 20V MAX tools into the system. Similarly, the Connector will add security by providing the capability to disable a tool when it's out of range. For more information, visit dewalt.com/ jobsite-solutions/tool-connect. HILTI e Hilti ON!Track asset management sys- tem tracks assets and monitors items, such as inspection and maintenance records, through its three-party system: Cloud-based software, scanner and tags, and on-site and remote sup- port. rough the system, users can see who has their tools, where they are located, and they can track movements between warehous- es/offices and jobsites. ON!Track can also be used to proactively set reminders for mainte- nance, manage repairs and inspections, and verify proper training or certifications before assigning certain assets to a team member. Accessible from any web-enabled device, the ON!Track cloud-based software subscrip- tion allows an unlimited number of users, so all relevant personnel can have secure ac- cess to the system. RFID-barcode tags and a RFID-barcode scanner are used to tag and inventory all assets, which can range from tools to vehicles to scaffolding to generators and more. A portfolio of tags, which broadcast up to 100 feet, are available and include: ad- hesive, hanger tags, metal plate and Bluetooth tags. With the Bluetooth tags, inventory can be checked with a click as well as a last-seen Cover Your Assets Tool manufacturers provide tracking solutions for products to increase security and facilitate inventory management. By Kacey Larsen D 14 July 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com TECHNOLOGY: Asset Tracking

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